Don’t blame states when approval is given by DOE, says Kelantan deputy MB

Kelantan Deputy Chief Minister Amar Nik Abdullah. (Facebook pic)

KOTA BHARU: The approval given for any development project, which may or may not cause environmental pollution, depends on the Department of Environment (DOE), Kelantan Deputy Chief Minister Amar Nik Abdullah said.

He said the federal government set up the department to study potential pollution from any proposed development project in a particular location.

“State governments can only decide on matters pertaining to policies, while the implementation of the project is subject to the approval from the relevant agencies, including the DOE, which can also take action.

“The DOE is under the federal government’s authority and it is their job to ensure that each development project will be implemented according to rules and regulations.

“So, how can you blame the state government (when the green light was given by the DOE)?” he told reporters after opening the Revisit Kota Bharu 2019 programme at Dataran Ilmu here Saturday night.

Media reported that the energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry would sue any state government if the premises or development projects implemented in their states were found to be the cause of environmental pollution.

Amar also questioned whether the federal government should also be sued if their projects were found to have polluted the environment.

“Any project can cause environmental pollution. If a federal government’s project polluted the environment, then who will sue them?”

On another matter, Amar, who is also PAS vice-president, said the allegation that there were PAS leaders aspiring to be the next prime minister following the alleged plot to move a no-confidence vote against Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was a non-issue as the party only has 18 seats in Parliament.

He said PAS had never dreamt to have its leader as prime minister as the party was well aware of its capability and potential in any general election.

“Logically, of course, the party with the bigger number of parliamentary seats would be the one to table the motion.

“How can we (PAS) with only 18 seats move a vote of no confidence against the prime minister?” he added.